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June 30, 2013 6:14:16 PM

Hey guys, am going to build a HTPC for a friend. He has set the budget at $1000 for everything. He wants it to look good as well, so I have chosen the suitable case.

Case - Silverstone Grandia GD08 - $150

So I am looking for some advice on what to build, he potential also wants to be able to use AutoCAD on it from his wireless keyboard, plus maybe the potential for gaming.

So he needs the following. 2 x 3tb hard drives and 16tb of ram, and if he pricing permits a graphics card.

I have got the following, but not sure if its really a good choice or not.

Processor - i5 3330 - $200
Harddrives - 2 x Western Digital Green 3TB - $250
Ram - Corsair 16gb DDR3 - $150
Power Supply - Corsair CX750 - $120

I have no idea on a mother board though.

Please let me know if I am shooting way to far with the processor or power supply or anything really. If we can fit a graphics card that would be great. Also recommendations on CPU cooling and fans would be great. If you are a little bit over let me know.

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June 30, 2013 6:21:10 PM

What OS does he want?
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June 30, 2013 6:34:25 PM

And is he from the US?
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June 30, 2013 7:18:01 PM

Sorry, I believe this is to run on Windows, and this is in Australian dollars. Sorry for any confusion.
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June 30, 2013 7:42:29 PM

This'd be my pick for a a 1000$ HTPC:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($139.00 @ Scorptec)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($82.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Silverstone SST-GD07B (Black) HTPC Case ($155.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDC-207DBK Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($60.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($105.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1017.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 12:40 EST+1000)

AMD'S A10 APU is strong enough for both his CAD and gaming needs ( the integrated HD7660D inside this APU can even run Crysis3 ). And yes you went to far on the PSU part, so I picked a more sufficient one.
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July 7, 2013 9:42:58 PM

Thanks Madness, just one last question, would this playback 1080p 60fps GoPro footage without it being choppy, or would the addition of a dedicated Graphics Card be needed.
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July 7, 2013 9:53:25 PM

It can handle even movies at 4k resolution without any problems :bounce: 
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July 7, 2013 9:55:19 PM

Wait a minute, for that price you can build a beast HTPC. The AMD A10 at 1000 dollars is just ridiculous by all means.

Wait about 10 minutes, i am planning a build for you just now. Will be posting it soon here.
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July 7, 2013 9:58:37 PM

Sangeet Khatri said:
Wait a minute, for that price you can build a beast HTPC. The AMD A10 at 1000 dollars is just ridiculous by all means.

Wait about 10 minutes, i am planning a build for you just now. Will be posting it soon here.


With 2*3TB HDD, that HTPC case, BD-reader and a copy of Windows, please :) 
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July 7, 2013 10:16:29 PM

This is the best HTPC build for 1000 dollars: Below are why i choose some things :

CPU : I chose the i5 4570S version because it is low powered card which runs at 65Watts, but low powered does not mean low performance, it is still a beast in performance that is on par with the i5 3570K

GPU : I chose the 650 Ti Boost because it is good enough for gaming at 1080p. Having a graphics card is good than having none at all.

PSU : I chose the 600W PSU as a build like this really does not ever needs more power than this. It would like never pull more than 350 watts since it has a "S" processor which means low powered and silent.

Now here is the build :
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570S 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($104.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone SST-GD05B-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC Case ($99.59 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1028.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 01:11 EDT-0400)
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July 7, 2013 10:20:03 PM

1000 AUD, not USD :ange: 
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July 7, 2013 10:22:20 PM

And also if you are not into gaming then go for a Linux based distro called "OpenElec" which is made for a media center, it is awesome, way more better than the Windows Media Center and it is free. So you can save 90 dollars if you are not into gaming. It can do everything a Media Center should do and after all it is free.

If you do not believe me then go look for reviews of "OpenElec" on Youtube. I personally use Linux and it is the most stable OS ever. And for Media Center there is nothing better that Linux. (If you don't game)
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July 7, 2013 10:24:41 PM

Oh! It is Australian Dollars. Oh! sorry, now i am planning for another build. Confusion Confusion... :D 
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July 7, 2013 10:36:15 PM

Okay, so now this is in Australian Dollars, still something i would prefer over the AMD A10 based rig :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($76.63 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($135.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($105.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Silverstone SST-GD08B (Black) HTPC Case ($165.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.00 @ PLE Computers)
Optical Drive: LG CH12LS28 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($105.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $1037.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 15:35 EST+1000)
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July 7, 2013 10:42:28 PM

Just a note that that RAM kit ran out of stock and Green HDDs are terribly slow.
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July 7, 2013 11:57:04 PM

Madn3ss795 said:
Just a note that that RAM kit ran out of stock and Green HDDs are terribly slow.


Green are good enough if you want longer life of hard drives. They are the ones people can trust their 3TB's of Data with the most.
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July 8, 2013 12:02:45 AM

WD Green one has the highest failure rate in WD's internal HDD lines, so no. I am myself got disappointing with it twice, not going to use Green ones ever again.
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July 8, 2013 2:02:15 AM

No problem, go for the Seagate Barracuda ones, they are fast and they are cheap. Go for whatever you like, they all are available for approx same price.
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